Quote Originally Posted by Terry D View Post
That would probably work very well for non-fiction writing, but would make for terrible fiction construction. Most folks here default to fiction in discussion, but the OP's question didn't specify, so thanks for the link.

Long sentences are fine. They help to vary the pace of a story. They should not be avoided, nor should every sentence we write be long. Not all thoughts are long. The key to writing effective sentences, of any length, is using proper punctuation and careful word choice. Make your sentences clear and avoid rambling. A good sentence will deliver its message without the reader even thinking about its length. If your reader notices how long a sentence is, you've done a poor job.
Pardon the delayed response -
this is untrue ! All of the examples in that book are from fiction writing, including writers like King, Hemmingway, Wolfe, etc. There is not a single non-fiction example. Personally I found it immensely useful, and it has also changed the way I read a novel - by noticing how writers use forementioned techniques to control pace and story.

The book is about techniques on how to construct sentences, long and short, using participial phrases, appositives, parallel joints, taking into account things such as the sound/rhythm of words .It's definitely a very good read for fiction writers